On February 7, the then National Secretary for Drug Policies and Asset Management at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Luiz Roberto Beggiora, participated in Colombia in the launch of the strategic vision of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (UNODC) for Latin America and the Caribbean 2022-2025. The opening of the event was attended by the Executive Director of UNODC, Ghada Waly, and the Colombian President, Iván Duque.
Beggiora was part of the first panel of the thematic presentation on the areas of strategic vision, together with representatives from Mexico, Colombia and Panama, at which time he presented good practices of the Brazilian government in public policies to control the supply of drugs, among them, the project of Center of Excellence for Illicit Drug Supply Reduction (CdE).
After contextualizing a regional perspective on the supply of illicit drugs in South America and showing the increasing numbers of seizures of marijuana, cocaine and synthetic drugs in Brazil, the secretary brought to the debate the good practices that the country has led on the subject, as well as the virtuous circle of the New National Policy on Drugs, in which the management of assets from criminal organizations begins to finance public policies for the prevention and repression of drug trafficking.
Beggiora also highlighted the improvements in drug trafficking asset management processes, which resulted in an increase in the number of auctions of criminal assets, as well as in the funds raised. The secretary explained that these resources are used in training projects and courses for public security professionals, among others. Currently, the main distance courses promoted by the National Secretariat for Drug Policies and Asset Management (SENAD) have self-instructional classes in Spanish, aimed mainly at police forces in neighboring countries that face similar challenges to Brazil in terms of illicit drug control.
“The funds collected are reinvested both in preventing and fighting drug trafficking, which we call in Brazil a virtuous circle. Brazil has this patrimonial approach based on the financial decapitalization of criminal organizations, that is, taking money from the trafficker and reinvesting it to fight them. Last year, we had more than BRL 1 billion in assets that were taken from crime,” Beggiora explained to the international audience.
CdE pilot project
Beggiora mentioned the implementation of the CdE pilot project: “We created in Brazil, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UNODC, a Center of Excellence for research related to drug crimes, resulting in an innovative cooperation , based on successful UNODC experiences. This centre prepares studies on trends and threats related to drug trafficking to guide public policies based on evidence”.
In addition to producing research that supports the decision-making processes at SENAD, the CdE has provided technical support to the Brazilian Government in the implementation of the Rapid Alert Subsystem on Drugs (SAR), opened last week.